European Local Democracy Week 2016

Congress 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

“Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s autumn part-session. During this exchange, PACE members asked Mr Jagland for his reaction to Turkey’s derogation from part of the European...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016 awarded to Nadia Murad

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

The fourth Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad. The €60 000 prize was presented at a special ceremony today at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, on the...

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Assembly President calls for principles to be respected and warns against double standards

Parliamentary Assembly Sesssion 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

In his opening speech of the PACE autumn session in Strasbourg today, PACE President Pedro Agramunt made a plea for the strict respect of principles and rules and warned against double standards. He urged PACE to react firmly whenever someone faced persecution for his or her political views or...

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European Day against the Death Penalty: Council of Europe/EU confirm their strong opposition to capital punishment

Council of Europe 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the European Union’s High Representative For Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, have published a joint statement to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on October 10. The statement reaffirms both...

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The Commissioner publishes a memorandum on the human rights implications of the emergency measures in Turkey

Commissioner for Human Rights 7 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, published today a memorandum on the human rights implications of the measures taken under the state of emergency by the Turkish authorities. This memorandum follows up on a visit to Ankara between 27 and 29 September 2016, during which the...

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UK urged to improve protection of child victims of human trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 7 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the United Kingdom to improve the identification and protection of child victims of trafficking, expressing particular concern about children going missing from local authority care. “Despite...

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Secretary General Jagland discusses media freedom in Turkey with international journalist associations

Secretary General 6 October 2016 Strasbourg

Representatives of the eight partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform for the Safety of Journalists met with the Council of Europe´s Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, to discuss the possible follow up to the media freedom alerts published on the Platform with regard to Turkey...

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European judicial systems evaluation

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 6 October 2016 Paris

The Council of Europe publishes 2016 assessment report and launches new interactive database

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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty in Belarus

Committee of Ministers 5 October 2016 Strasbourg

At their meeting on 5 October, the Minister’s Deputies adopted a declaration deploring the confirmation of the death sentence against Mr Siarhei Vostrykau by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 4 October 2016 and calling on the Belarus’ authorities not to carry out the execution, considering Belarus’...

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Learning Equality, Living Dignity: Forum on Human Rights Education in Budapest

Council of Europe 5 October 2016 Budapest

The 3rd Compass Forum on Human Rights Education is being held at the European Youth Centre in Budapest from 5 to 7 October. Using the slogan “Learning Equality, Living Dignity”, the forum brings together about 120 participants, including experts with extensive experience in educating young people...

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Croatia should eliminate shortcomings in transitional justice, immigration and media freedom

Commissioner for Human Rights 5 October 2016 Strasbourg

“Croatia has substantially improved its human rights law and practice in the last years. However, some recent developments put at serious risk these achievements” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing today a report based on his visit to the country...

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Russia’s "foreign agent” list: Inclusion of “International Memorial”

Secretary General 4 October 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Anti-racism commission issues new reports on the UK, Turkey and Armenia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 4 October 2016 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published today country reports on the UK, Turkey and Armenia. In the UK, the Council of Europe’s anti-racism experts welcomed the entry into force of the Equality Act 2010, as well as the government’s new hate crime action plan and...

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Parliamentary Assembly Autumn Session

Parliamentary Assembly 3 October 2016 Strasbourg

French President, German and Turkish Foreign Ministers to address Assembly

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Freedom of thought (and from famine!) – The defamation balancing act

Council of Europe 3 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen once wrote that countries with a free media do not suffer from famines. Food for (free) thought – literally! But freedom of expression is by no means a modern idea. 17th century thinkers such as John Locke and John Milton underlined their opposition...

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Ukraine’s reforms the focus of high-level Council of Europe meeting

Council of Europe 4 October 2016 Strasbourg

As a continuation of the Day of Ukrainian Reforms, Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko met today in Strasbourg with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to discuss the co-operation between the organization and Ukraine, and to sign on behalf of Ukraine the European Agreement on the...

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Anti-trafficking body GRETA calls on Romania to intensify efforts to prevent trafficking in children

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings 30 September 2016 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on Romania to step up its efforts to prevent trafficking in children and to improve the identification and assistance to child victims. The report assesses...

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Removing barriers to young people’s access to rights

Council of Europe 29 September 2016 Strasbourg

New Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers

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Report on judicial systems: Live broadcast of the press conference, 6 October - 11 a.m.

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice 29 September 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will publish the 2016 report (data concerning 2014) of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on Thursday 6 October. This study contains the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered in the 45 member states of the Council of Europe and...

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